This week, I was turning the corner onto our street/ house after a lovely evening (7 pm) walk with the dog. As with many dogs, though she is very friendly and well-trained, she’s terrified of skateboards and dockless scooters when they’re in motion and making noise. Knowing this, as I saw a young man on a scooter approaching us quickly, headphones in (corded for context), I held my dog by the collar and moved her as far to the edge of the sidewalk as I could.
With the other hand, I waved frantically to him. I finally got his attention and politely asked him to wait for us to round the corner to our house rather than zooming past us, because my dog (pointing to the cute, but growingly anxious, 60-lbs rescue shepherd mix I was physically restraining) doesn’t do well around scooters. If he could wait 20 seconds for us to get out of his pathway that would be great.
He told me to f*&k off and that if my dog had a problem with him scooting on the sidewalk, it should be put down, it’s not his problem and proceeded to zoom right by us. (more…)
The (photo above) got me thinking about dog poo etiquette. However one feels about dogs, I think we can all agree that leaving dog poo on the ground is just plain wrong, but after that there might be some disagreement. My questions for the community are:
1) Is it ever acceptable to put bagged poo in someone else’s trash can?
2) What about city trash cans? (more…)
Ed. Note: An interesting contrast to this press release from 2013.
From Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office:
“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), joined by Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anthony Brown (D-MD) and David Trone (D-MD), today wrote the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting it conduct a study of helicopter noise within the Washington metropolitan region.
In their letter, the Members wrote, “Many of our constituents live with the impacts of regular helicopter noise that interrupts sleep patterns, causes their homes to shake and negatively impacts their quality of life. While disturbances from helicopter noise have been a longstanding problem for some, others have noted recent increases in the frequency and severity of helicopter noise in their neighborhoods. We understand that helicopter activity is an essential part of law enforcement, military and medical operations and appreciate the critical efforts of employees serving in those sectors. However, we also believe that, through information collection, analysis and coordination, we can identify strategies to minimize the negative impacts of helicopter activity without impeding the work of the agencies operating helicopters within the region.”
The Members’ full letter is below. (more…)
While we absolutely love snow dogs, truly, when you walk your pup please remember to pick up your dog’s poop. This is a friendly reminder that the snow doesn’t magically incinerate your dog’s poop. So please, please, please, pretty please with a cherry on top – don’t be an asshole.
“Hey there Popville Readers! The Library has not been stolen! The new steward Shaughn White has taken it off to be repaired, repainted and had been working with Little Free Library’s approval (I’m on the Little Free Library National Board). He and other DC residents generously offered to take it over. We at LFL will also be donating books to it as well. If anyone wants to do more for and with us Little Free Library has an Impact Fund where we place the libraries in much needed communities. You can see it at www.littlefreelibrary.org. We welcome anyone who wants to create one too.
You can always contact me at [email protected] I recently did the build at the Petworth Farmer’s Market eith Annie’s Hardware and Shaughn White and we will now work with Patrick, the wonderful Eagle Scout building more libraries with his troop. So the library will be back and filled with books again. That’s what a Little Free Library Neighbohood is all about. Happy New Year everyone”
“Dear PoPville, (more…)
This was nice so thought I’d share. Last night Elaine Filadelfo tweeted us:
“I found someone’s tip on 14th St. What do you think that name is? (…and do you just so happen to know who they are?)”
And within an hour:
“Her name is Leigh Rieley, she’s my wife and a hair stylist at immortal Beloved!”
Huzzah – all is not awful!!
Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.
From the White House:
“Executive Order on Providing for the Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on December 24, 2018
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2018, the day before Christmas Day. (more…)
I live in an building above a bar/ restaurant. I Have talked to my leasing office, ABRA, the cops and the bar itself, all more than once, about the amount of noise that comes through my floor (mostly on weekends but occasionally weekdays). There has been no solution it seems because that problem still persists and it is so loud I can’t sleep at all. (more…)